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April 27, 2021
Divine Wind
…he was a good man, filled with the holy Spirit and faith.
Acts 11:24

Antioch, the third-largest city in the Roman Empire, was at the crossroads of major trading routes, a gateway to the ancient world. That early Christians fled the persecution in Jerusalem by going to such a cosmopolitan city was like a divine wind blowing on a dandelion: It spread the gospel throughout the empire.

There was a divine plan at work here, even in the midst of persecution. Yet the divine plan depended on human beings saying yes. The successful spread of the gospel depended on the witness of committed disciples. The passage says Cypriots and Cyrenians began to speak of Jesus Christ in Antioch, and then Barnabas—“a good man, filled with the holy Spirit and faith”—arrived.

Today, if we are to be worthy of the name “Christian,” we must respond to the Spirit’s call to bear witness in our communities.

Mary, pray that we may imitate you in saying yes to the Spirit.

- Greg Erlandson

Acts 11:19-26 • Psalm 87:1-7 John 10:22-30

Comments

April 27, 2021 at 06:39 PM

Lack of firmness in following Christ is displayed in today’s readings. First we see Barnabas filled with the Holy Spirit sharing the word of the Lord with many, those who believed turned to the Lord that day. Jesus says today in the Gospel, those who do not believe are not my sheep, his sheep hear his voice. Do we hear his voice among the noise of the world and its many distractions. If not let us stop find somewhere quiet and give time to the Lord. Better yet, Put God First in your day and see your life transformed for the good. Why are still so many, just do not follow him, or don’t have time for him in their day. Too busy, were never that busy to stop and give him the time he deserves. I am proud to be one of his sheep, I hear his voice. Dear Jesus please hear our prayers for our Living Faith Family, for those who have no one to pray for them and for all of the souls in Purgatory, may they see his face today, we pray, Amen.

April 27, 2021 at 03:30 PM

Let's say Yes to Life each day and choose wisely, as God tell us. Only by simply doing this can we have what we are really looking for: peace, love, and joy!

April 27, 2021 at 02:47 PM

Divine wind - the work of the Holy Spirit :-) *John 3:8, (Jesus said), "The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." *John 20:21-22, "Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you.” And with that He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit." *Act 2:2, 4a, "Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting......All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit..." ***I find it interesting that 1) Disciples were first called Christians at the church of Antioch. 2) Barnabas (means son of encouragement) was the one who seeked out Paul (Saul) in Tarsus and brought him to Antioch. 3) That Barnabas and Paul went their separate ways when they had a disagreement about John Mark before they started their second missionary journey. ***My lessons: 1) I would like to know more about the church at Antioch! 2) No matter who we are, there is always someone encouraging us to pursue and serve God! 3) No matter how much we are filled with the Holy Spirit and faith, we will disagree! So the Gospel will spread and as a result of separate missionary journeys, it doubled the number of people who would hear and believe! ***Holy Spirit by Jesus Culture - Kim Walker Smith https://youtu.be/eFByOX8Fb0M

April 27, 2021 at 09:24 AM

Amen.

April 27, 2021 at 08:30 AM

I love that phrase “divine wind”. That is the Holy Spirit moving in our world. God has promised that our Church will never be destroyed, even when hell is unleashed against it. May we stand up to the forces of evil that swirl all around us and have faith that God will always be with us. Blessings to all and have a great day.

April 27, 2021 at 08:12 AM

Amen. Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for this Gospel today. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father, most of all, for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord Jesus Christ have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, we ask that you release your warrior angels and heavenly hosts. We decry and declare that they would take us off the enemies' radar and scramble the enemies' frequencies (airwaves). Your Kingdom must come now. Your will must be done right now, as in the heavens, also on earth. Amen Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeding the ruin of souls. Amen

April 27, 2021 at 08:11 AM

Amen.

April 27, 2021 at 07:37 AM

Thank you, Greg, for your encouragement, truly inspiring! God bless you!

April 27, 2021 at 07:32 AM

Amen...

April 27, 2021 at 07:27 AM

Amen. Come Holy Spirit come! Prayers for all.

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